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MP gathers input at open house

By: Trevor Bacque

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 04:23 pm

Wild Rose MP Blake Richards heard Airdronians' concerns about Canada's deficit and the size of government at an open house, Jan. 11 at Genesis Place in Airdrie.
Wild Rose MP Blake Richards heard Airdronians' concerns about Canada's deficit and the size of government at an open house, Jan. 11 at Genesis Place in Airdrie.
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Nine people attended Wild Rose MP Blake Richards pre-budget consultations at Genesis Place, Jan. 11.

People were encouraged to thumb through a budget information packet and fill out a survey of where money should be spent or cut.

“We had a fair bit of a good discussion amongst the people that were there,” said Richards. “We had to work a bit to keep things focused on the budget, but there was good feedback and good suggestions.”

The meeting lasted 90 minutes and afterwards Airdronian Brent McFadden said the government has to stop wasting money.

“How can we be in the hole?” he said. “Who signed the write off that we can deficit spend?”

McFadden said Canada has become a “world envy” because of its resource-rich provinces and the fact the country is losing sight of its values is worrisome.

“I see way too much outside influence and inside influence to lose our identity as a country,” he said. “I’ve got grandkids to worry about.”

And while he is satisfied with Stephen Harper’s government, McFadden said “there’s lots of people starting to wake up,” suggesting PCs need to listen to their voters before losing them.

Don Franks attended to express his frustration with “too much democracy” and suggested Senate reform is a good place to save money.

“I guess I’m frustrated with government, period,” he said. “I think the government itself is too big. It should be compartmentalized. I don’t know what their job is, but everybody has their own little empire.”

The government could trim its budgetary fat by ridding itself of bureaucrats, Franks added.

According to Richards, this is the type of input he is seeking.

“That’s important to get a sense of what people are thinking,” he said.

Richards had four meetings across the Wild Rose constituency and said the feedback he received will be dutifully studied.

Richards has sent surveys to all the homes in Wild Rose for citizen input and he said the two biggest issues remain balancing the federal budget and economic recovery.

For more information or to participate in the survey, visit www.blakerichards.ca


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